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BPA announces winter auditions

Bainbridge Performing Arts will hold winter auditions on Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11 for two shows: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Distracted.”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” includes roles for five men and four women, ages 16 and up. Strong vocal and improv skills are a plus.

Those auditioning are required to prepare a 1- to 2-minute Broadway-style song and a 1- to 2-minute comedic monologue. An accompanist will be provided, but participants must bring sheet music. Participants are welcome to sing a cappella and are urged to bring a headshot or a current picture to the audition.

Rehearsals start in December and continue through January. They will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus Saturday days.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17, and a pay-what-you-can preview is Feb. 7.

In “Spelling Bee,” six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

The BPA production will be directed by Ken Michels, with musical direction by Josh Anderson.

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